Self-portrait of Joseph Wright of Derby
- Art Funded
- 76 x 64 cm
- Art Fund grant
- £3,000 (Total: £23,481; Tax remission)
- Leger Galleries
While the costume and conscious elegance of the pose reveal an awareness of established tradition, the expression conveys a sense of cool detachment and distance that separate the artist from the spectator and confirm his role as observer of nature. The clarity with which Wright rendered his own facial features in this early self-portrait was characteristic of the finest work of his career, the scientific paintings of the 1760s.